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20.8%of revenue
in 2016

Technological challenges

During the past twenty years, investment in R&D by manufacturers and automotive suppliers has helped meet the many challenges now facing the industry: performance, safety, productivity gains, regulations, quality, internationalisation, communication/telematics, decontamination and hybridisation.

Even today, after several tough years that produced significant overcapacity especially in Europe, the automotive industry is reinventing itself and introducing innovations in a whole number of fields: networked cars, electric engines, driver assistance, self-diagnostic, etc. Electronics are increasingly present, in both the vehicle and the passenger compartment.

In a sector under a lot of pressure, the strategy of manufacturers varies considerably from one region to the next.

European volume car-makers, who have suffered considerably, are looking to pool their production platforms to optimise costs. Product plans are now taking into account emerging countries, thinking along lines of adapting to local supply and setting up local R&D centres. In Germany, premium auto-makers BMW, Audi, Porsche are in robust good health and taking full advantage of growth of countries like China, where they are expanding their local industrial facilities. Experts are predicting an average annual rise in global car sales of 5.6% between now and 2018, of which 83% in emerging markets, the most prominent of which are China (40.4%), India (12.6%) and Brazil (6.4%). Faced with a highly disparate market, product supply has expanded and been broken up into segments, calling on increasingly sophisticated technologies.

ALTEN added value

More than 2,000 ALTEN consultants are actively employed in our subsidiaries in France and abroad for projects with the largest European manufacturers and automobile suppliers. The added value of our work revolves around three main lines:

  • The ability to mobilise resources, to engage in projects and rapidly adapt forms of delivery;
  • Our expertise in specialised areas such as engine management and passenger compartment electronics (infotainment);
  • Our approach in this sector is both transversal (makers and suppliers) and international (France, Germany, Sweden, the USA, India, China).

ALTEN’s presence in India (800 engineers) and China gives us the platform from which to support the future local programs of several of our customers in the auto industry, both in the areas of design and via the establishment of new production centres.

Product & Service Supply

The profound changes affecting the automotive market have brought about a clean break in the R&D strategy of manufacturers, requiring more than ever the support of players able to speed up the pace of innovation and minimise time-to-market imposed by issues of industrialisation.


range of services

ALTEN offers different service levels to provide the best response to clients’ needs

Alten's 3 services

  • Engineering and Technology Consultancy

    77%of revenue
    in 2016

    Studies and conception of technological products, for technical divisions in industry.

  • Networks, Telecoms and Multimedia

    15%of revenue
    in 2016

    Engineering for product design (terminals or networking equipment) Network architecture, deployment and operation.

  • Information Systems

    8%of revenue
    in 2016

    Customised development of IT systems, for information systems departments in industry, telecoms and the service sector.

ALTEN, the European leader in engineering and technology consulting, provides support for its clients’ development strategies in the fields of innovation, R&D and it systems.

Its 21,300 top engineers carry out studies and conception projects for the technical and information systems divisions of large corporate clients in the industrial, telecommunications and services sectors.


R&D work Improving the range of electric vehicles

On 25 October 2012, ALTEN was awarded the 2012 National Engineering Grand Prix (GPNI), in the Industry category for its R&D work in the field of energy production and storage. GPNI, a prestigious label that rewards inventiveness, technology and innovation The purpose of GPNI is to highlight innovative engineering projects in the fields of industry, energy, […]



At the request of a Japanese manufacturer, ALTEN deployed its first automobile work package in Belgium in 2012. After a four-month consultation process, the manufacturer chose the Group ahead of several major engineering firms to support this development. On this occasion, the manufacturer implemented its very first Service Centre for Engine MAP (Development) engineering activities, […]

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